1988 “The establishment of wildlife monitoring schemes..to provide an early warning of radionuclide accumulation”

Before the establishment of the wildlife monitoring scheme ……

 

Grey Croft Stone Circle - Sellafield - before the "wildlife monitoring scheme"
Grey Croft Stone Circle – Sellafield – before the “wildlife monitoring scheme”

 

After the establishment of the wildlife monitoring scheme…

Grey Croft Stone Circle - Sellafield after the "wildlife monitoring scheme"
Grey Croft Stone Circle – Sellafield after the “wildlife monitoring scheme”

 

Sellafield have been less than honest about the reasons behind extending the fences out beyond their built up bank and planted woodland.

In 1988 a report produced for government advises “the establishment of wildlife monitoring schemes…to provide an early warning of radionuclide accumulation”

So Sellafield built a bank and planted it with trees:  “a roughly L- shaped parcel of land”   At the widest point the piece of land is no more than 0.3km wide and in total the enclosed area represents approximately 15 hectares.

Then they fenced it in trapping deer which are- as the recent Deer Initiative report helpfully says :

“excellent bio-indicators and sentinels of environmental contamination.
Because of their extremely rapid and efficient deposition of minerals in
bone, they are recognised as important sources of data in respect of heavy
metal and radioactive isotope accumulation. Given the nature of the
industrial work at Sellafield, the regular sampling of deer bone and liver
tissue might be an attractive prospect for those responsible for
environmental monitoring at the site.”

The report  written by the Institute for Terrestrial Ecology from 1988 which recommends “the establishment of wildlife monitoring schemes ..to provide an early warning of radionuclide accumulation”

 

7 thoughts on “1988 “The establishment of wildlife monitoring schemes..to provide an early warning of radionuclide accumulation”

    1. Hi Sue,
      yes thanks for this. I wrote a reply on behalf of RaFL but doesn’t look like it got into the Guardian…. best m

      Dear Editor

      To those in Cumbria opposing the dumping of decommissioning radioactive
      waste in landfill and elsewhere, the Environment Agency’s admission that
      the position of Drigg was a “mistake” looks like cheap posturing.
      Surely the first thing to do when you
      know a mistake has been made is not to keep on doing it again and again?
      But that is exactly what is happening here in Cumbria. We have done so
      well at reusing, reducing and recycling household waste that there is a
      “spare capacity” of over a million cubic metres at Lillyhall landfill
      site. Despite opposition the Environment Agency have given this landfill
      site the green light for the dumping of previously banned High Volume Low
      Level Radioactive Wastes. This led to Sellafield dumping even higher
      activity wastes by “mistake’ including, according to the Crown Court, a
      bag of intermediate level waste. Despite this the Environment Agency
      chose not to prosecute the landfill operators but to limit the prosecution
      to Sellafield. The subsequent fine of £700,000 came out of the public
      purse. Why has the Environment Agency not prosecuted the landfill
      operators? Is this to ensure that the government keeps privateer nuclear
      flytippers on side to carry out the increasingly dodgy “decommissioning”
      agenda?

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